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July 2, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: THE LICENSING OF FORENSIC ANALYSTS

The world of crime is complex. Victims and perpetrators often leave behind blood, fingerprints, skin cells, and saliva. For many decades, forensic science has contributed to the successful prosecution and conviction of criminals.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


July 2, 2015

TEXAS FARM BUREAU: JOINS SUIT AGAINST EPA

A new rule that greatly expands Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers control over "waters of the United States" has been challenged in court by the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) and a host of other organizations.

From Texas Farm Bureau


July 2, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON, OTHER AGS URGE CONGRESS TO DEFEND RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today he has joined with 14 other Attorneys General signing a letter sent to Congressional leaders urging them to take steps to protect the tax-exempt status of nonprofit religious organizations.

From Office of the Attorney General


July 2, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS UNIVERSITY STUDENT REGENTS AND STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed 10 student regents to their respective universities for terms expiring on May 31, 2016. Governor Abbott also appointed a student representative to serve on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

From Office of the Governor


July 2, 2015

ANTHONY HOLM: STATEMENT REGARDING ATTORNEY GENERAL PAXTON

"This appears to be a politically motivated effort to ruin the career of a longtime public servant. The Texas State Securities Board, and the Travis and Dallas District Attorneys offices all reviewed this matter, yet not one of them pursued a criminal action.

From Anthony Holm


July 2, 2015

TPJ: DIRECTOR CRAIG MCDONALD STATEMENT ON CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN PAXTON

"Texans need to know if the state's top law enforcement officer committed serious crimes. No public official--no matter how powerful--is above the law. The integrity of the legal system is at stake.

From Texans for Public Justice


July 2, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE THE 51ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964

51 years ago today, Texas’ own President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. The historic legislation outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

From Texas Democratic Party


July 2, 2015

TDP: TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN PAXTON IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW

Yesterday, Kent Schaffer, the special prosecutor handling Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s violations of state securities law, announced plans to seek indictment of Texas’ top law enforcement agent on first-degree felony charges before a Collin County grand jury. [WFAA, July 1, 2015]

From Texas Democratic Party


July 2, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: LAUNCHES TEXAS COASTS

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush today launched Texas Coasts, a Web-based app to help vacationers find the perfect beach, picnic park, or RV park for their next outing. Texas Coasts' responsive design fully integrates across all platforms for an easy user experience whether using a desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone.

From Texas General Land Office


July 2, 2015

ENVIRONMENT TEXAS: FLOOD SURVIVORS CONFRONT SEN. CRUZ ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Today, five survivors of the record-setting Memorial Day floods in Wimberley, Texas will deliver a petition to the office of Senator Ted Cruz demanding that he meet with flood survivors to discuss their concerns about climate change.

From Environment Texas


July 2, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH BP

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas, together with four states and the federal government, had reached an agreement in principle with BP that fully resolves all remaining government claims against the company resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

From Office of the Attorney General


July 2, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: TEXAS REACHES AGREEMENT ON DEEP WATER HORIZON CASE

Texas today announced an agreement in principle between BP Exploration and Production Inc. and the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and the U.S. federal government.

From Office of the Governor


July 2, 2015

TEXAS VALUES: RALLY TO DEFEND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM & HOOD COUNTY CLERK; SENATOR BIRDWELL TO SUPPORT

Hood County Clerk, Katie Lang, issued a statement yesterday choosing to abstain from issuing ‘same-sex marriage’ licenses as it is violation of her personal sincerely held religious beliefs, but the clerk office will still issue ‘same-sex marriage’ licenses.

From Texas Values


July 2, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON FIFTH CIRCUIT MARRIAGE RULING

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton made the following statement in response to today’s ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals: “The Fifth Circuit’s ruling today is consistent with the opinion my office issued on June 28, in response to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s request for guidance.

From Office of the Attorney General


July 1, 2015

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: AND REPRESENTATIVE LYLE LARSON REQUEST REMOVAL OF TOLLS FROM U.S. 281 IN LETTER TO MPO

State Senator Donna Campbell and State Representative Lyle Larson sent a letter addressed to Commissioner Wolff and the Alamo Area MPO today requesting the removal of toll roads from the expansion of U.S. 281 - also known as the 825 project - as billions of new transportation dollars become available as a result of the successful work of the State Legislature.

From Senator Donna Campbell


July 1, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: LEGISLATION TO HELP OUR VETERANS

"As we approach 4th of July celebrations, it is a time to pause and remember those who have sacrificed to ensure our freedoms- our Veterans. It was an honor for me to serve on the Veteran’s Affairs & Military Installations Committee in the State Senate and pass a trio of bills that will further assist our Texas veterans:

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


July 1, 2015

RICHARD PENA RAYMOND CAMPAIGN: REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD PENA RAYMOND ANNOUNCES FOR RE-ELECTION

State Representative Richard Peña Raymond (D-Laredo) announced today he is seeking re-election to House District 42, which represents Laredo. He is currently Chairman of the Human Services Committee, which oversee issues dealing with all the Health and Human Services Commission agencies.

From Richard Pena Raymond Campaign


July 1, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT INVITES NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESSES TO RELOCATE TO TEXAS

Governor Greg Abbott spoke this morning with Peter St. James in New Hampshire on WTPL’s, “The Pulse” radio program to discuss New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan’s decision last week to veto a budget that included business tax cuts.

From Office of the Governor


July 1, 2015

TEXANS FOR POSITIVE ECONOMIC POLICY: GROUPS FILE TO RECLASSIFY ENDANGERED SPECIES

On Monday, three groups filed an official petition requesting that the golden-cheeked warbler, a migratory songbird that nests only in Texas, be removed from the list of endangered and threatened species, citing verified scientific evidence of ample populations and habitat.

From Texans for Positive Economic Policy


June 30, 2015

TEXAS VALUES: ROGUE TEXAS GOVERNMENT ENTITY GIVES BENEFITS TO SAME-SEX SPOUSES

The Employee Retirement System of Texas announced that same-sex spouses may enroll in the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program beginning tomorrow, July 1st.

From Texas Values


June 30, 2015

TOM OLIVERSON CAMPAIGN: EXCEEDING FUNDRAISING EXPECTATIONS

Dr. Tom Oliverson, conservative Republican candidate for State Representative in District 130, announced his campaign’s fundraising totals for the upcoming campaign finance report filing.

From Tom Oliverson Campaign


June 30, 2015

TONY DALE CAMPAIGN: STATE REPRESENTATIVE TONY DALE TO SEEK REELECTION

I'm excited to announce that I'm running for reelection to the Texas House of Representatives. During my tenure I've worked diligently to pass conservative, balanced budgets that address border security, education, road funding and other key areas.

From Tony Dale Campaign


June 30, 2015

KEVIN ROBERTS CAMPAIGN: ROBERTS ANNOUNCES STRONG FUNDRAISING TOTALS

Kevin Roberts, Republican candidate for State Representative in House District 126, released his fundraising totals ahead of the upcoming report due with the Texas Ethics Commission.

From Kevin Roberts Campaign


June 30, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK NAMES APPOINTMENTS TO JOINT COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT FACILITIES

Today, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick named his appointments to the Joint Oversight Committee on Government Facilities.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


June 30, 2015

TDP: 2016 TEXAS PRIMARY WILL BE THE LARGEST PRIZE ON SUPER TUESDAY, TRADITIONAL TEXAS TWO-STEP NO LONGER IN EFFECT

The 2016 Texas primary will be the largest prize on Super Tuesday for Democratic presidential contenders vying for the party’s nomination. The 2016 Texas Democratic primary will allocate all national convention delegates and alternates.

From Texas Democratic Party


June 30, 2015

JOHN RANEY CAMPAIGN: STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN RANEY ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION BID

Today, State Representative John Raney (R-Bryan-College Station) announced he will seek reelection to the Texas House of Representatives.

From John Raney Campaign


June 30, 2015

TEXAS CATHOLIC CONFERENCE: STATEMENT ON SCOTUS RULING ON ABORTION CENTER MEDICAL STANDARDS

The Texas Catholic Conference expressed disappointment at the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to suspend enforcement of one of the country’s most effective measures for protecting women’s health and safety against a predatory abortion industry.

From Texas Catholic Conference


June 30, 2015

CARLOS URESTI CAMPAIGN: SENATOR CARLOS URESTI TO SEEK FOURTH TERM IN TEXAS SENATE

Following a session in which citizens of San Antonio and District 19 gained their first representation on the Senate Finance committee in over 17 years, today Senator Carlos Uresti announced his intention to seek a fourth term representing District 19 in the Texas Senate.

From Carlos Uresti Campaign


June 30, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: SUPREME COURT RULES THAT HB 2 WILL NOT GO INTO EFFECT ON JULY 1 AS PLANNED

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a stay preventing two requirements of House Bill 2, the Pro-Life Omnibus Bill of the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, from going into effect on July 1 as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled earlier in the month.

From Texas Right to Life


June 30, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: APPOINTED TO SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

Today, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick appointed Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Transportation Planning, created by HB 20.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


June 30, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK NAMES APPOINTMENTS TO THE SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

Today, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick named his appointments to the Senate Select Committee on Transportation Planning. Senate Select Committee on Transportation Planning:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


June 30, 2015

MILLENNIAL ACTION PROJECT: YOUNG TEXANS JOIN FUTURE CAUCUS COALITION

Today, the Young Texans Legislative Caucus (YTLC) announces that they are joining the Millennial Action Project’s (MAP) State Future Caucus Coalition, a growing movement of next generation lawmakers breaking through partisan gridlock to address issues affecting millennials.

From Millennial Action Project


June 30, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: SCOTUS DECISION ENDANGERS WOMEN'S HEALTH

The U.S. Supreme Court today delayed the implementation of portions of House Bill 2. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement: “The Highest Court in our country just put Texas women in harm’s way,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 30, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: FILES SUIT AGAINST EPA OVERREACH

Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter announced today that the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has joined a multi-agency, multi-state lawsuit to combat the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) unprecedented rule interpretation of navigable waters to expand its reach into Texas sovereignty.

From Texas Railroad Commission


June 30, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT ORDER ON ABORTION CLINICS

Today, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick made the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's order that abortion clinics do not have to abide by higher standards: "The U.S. Supreme Court is continuing their attack on state's rights with a narrow majority of activist justices. Their decision to allow abortion clinics to continue their lower-standard practices places women's lives in danger.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


June 30, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS TWO TO BOARD OF PILOT COMMISSIONERS FOR GALVESTON COUNTY PORTS

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kenny Koncaba and reappointed Brad Boney to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for Galveston County Ports for terms to expire on February 1st, 2019.

From Office of the Governor


June 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT'S HB 2 RULING

Governor Greg Abbott today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on HB 2: “HB 2 was a constitutional exercise of Texas’ lawmaking authority that was correctly and unanimously upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

From Office of the Governor


June 29, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: PLEASED BY SCOTUS HOLD ON ANTI-ABORTION LEGISLATION

Today, the United States Supreme Court issued an emergency hold on the implementation of HB 2, the anti-abortion legislation that passed in 2013, until it decides whether or not to hear an appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld the law.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


June 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON CHALLENGES EPA OVER UNCONSTITUTIONAL, ILLEGAL AND COSTLY NEW WATER RULE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration’s illegal attempt to expand the regulatory power of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by revising the regulatory definition of “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act, which vastly expands its jurisdiction, threatening the ability of states and private property owners to use their own land.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 29, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: PAXTON'S ADVISORY OPINION NOT ABOUT THE LAW OR FAITH

No one should be surprised that Ken Paxton, our state’s highest ranking law enforcement official, has issued an official advisory opinion encouraging local elected officials to violate the law by refusing to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality.

From Lone Star Project


June 29, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACTION FUND: SUPREME COURT PROVIDES RELIEF TO THOUSANDS OF TEXAS WOMEN SEEKING SAFE AND LEGAL ABORTION

Today, a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court issued an emergency stay which will protect for now access to safe, legal abortion for women across Texas.

From Planned Parenthood Action Fund


June 29, 2015

TRUE THE VOTE: RESPONSE TO SUPREME COURT'S PETITION DENIAL FOR NONCITIZEN VOTER REGISTRATION CASE

True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to deny certiorari for the noncitizen voter registration case, Kobach, et al. v. Election Assistance Commission, et al. (Case nos. 14-3062, 14-3072).

From True the Vote


June 29, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: NELSON MANDELA'S BIRTHDAY IS REASON TO CELEBRATE

Representative Helen Giddings (D-Dallas) will host Nelson Mandela International Day at St. Luke "Community" United Methodist Church located at 5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75223 on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at both the 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services, which is open to the public.

From Representative Helen Giddings


June 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON U.S. SUPREME COURT VICTORY OVER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S EPA

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Michigan v. EPA: “This ruling is a significant victory in our efforts to rein in an out-of-control EPA, which is a top priority for my administration.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON SCOTUS EPA RULING

Governor Greg Abbott today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to reject the EPA’s regulations on power plants: “The Supreme Court rightly held that the EPA violated the law when it imposed a multi-billion-dollar regulation on power plants without considering whether the cost was justified.

From Office of the Governor


June 29, 2015

TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: TOP DOCS TO TOP LAWMAKERS: SCRAP ICD-10 OR SOFTEN ITS BLOW

Physician leaders from the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and three other states are urging congressional leaders to help doctors dodge “pending disaster” by either scrapping the ICD-10 medical billing and coding system, or adopting a two-year, penalty-free grace period to transition to it.

From Texas Medical Association


June 29, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RAFAEL ANCHIA: ASKS STATE REGISTRAR TO REVISE SUPPLEMENTAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES FOR SAME-GENDER ADOPTIONS

Today, Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) sent a letter to Geraldine Harris, the State Registrar of Texas Vital Statistics, requesting that her office revise the supplemental birth certificates for children adopted by same-gender parents.

From Representative Rafael Anchia


June 29, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: VETO PERIOD OVER

While the Texas Legislature has been out of session since June 1st, the Capitol has been busy winding down since lawmakers left town. One of the most important periods occurs during this time, which is the Governor's veto period.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


June 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK STATEMENT ON OPINION FROM TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL REGARDING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE REFUSAL

Today, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick made the following statement regarding the Texas Attorney General’s opinion clarifying the First Amendment religious liberty rights of governmental officials involved in issuing same-sex marriage licenses and conducting same-sex wedding ceremonies:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


June 29, 2015

DAVID SIMPSON CAMPAIGN: SIMPSON CALLS FOR SPECIAL SESSION TO END MARRIAGE LICENSING IN TEXAS

On Monday, House member and Texas State Senate candidate David Simpson announced that he is calling on Governor Abbott to immediately call a special session of the 84th Legislature in light of the Supreme Court’s lawless and unconstitutional redefinition of marriage.

From David Simpson Campaign


June 29, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: APPALLED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OPINION

State Sen. José Rodríguez today issued the following statement regarding Texas Attorney General Greg Paxton's contention that elected officials in Texas are not bound by the U.S. Constitution:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


June 29, 2015

RPT: STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT MARRIAGE DECISION

“I’m disappointed that the rule of law and respect for the moral fabric of America has been cast aside by U.S. Supreme Court today. It’s a harrowing day in America when unelected judges have the power to upend an institution that has been widely recognized as a virtuous force in society.

From Republican Party of Texas


June 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES OF TEXAS PUBLIC OFFICIALS REMAIN CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED AFTER OBERGEFELL V. HODGES

Attorney General Ken Paxton today made the following statement and issued an opinion in response to questions about the impact of Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that redefined marriage:

From Office of the Attorney General


June 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: FIRST LADY CECILIA ABBOTT TO CHAIR 32ND ANNUAL GOVERNOR'S VOLUNTEER AWARDS

First Lady Cecilia Abbott today announced that she will serve as Honorary Chair of the 32nd Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards. The Governor’s Volunteer Awards, administered by the OneStar Foundation, honor the exemplary service of individuals, groups and organizations in Texas that have made a significant and measurable contribution to their communities through service and volunteering.

From Office of the Governor


June 26, 2015

TDP: ICYMI: GAY MARRIAGE RULING RESPONSE BY ABBOTT, PAXTON IS ABSURD

As Texans continue to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage equality, Texas Republican Governor Governor Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton issued belligerent statements assailing this landmark decision.

From Texas Democratic Party


June 26, 2015

DOUG MILLER CAMPAIGN: MILLER ANNOUNCES FOR RE-ELECTION

Today, State Representative Doug Miller announced he will seek re-election to the District 73 State House of Representatives seat he has held since 2009. Representative Miller represents Comal, Gillespie, and Kendall Counties, which include the cities of New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, and Boerne.

From Doug Miller Campaign


June 26, 2015

TEXAS WINS: WITH MARRIAGE NOW A REALITY, WHAT'S NEXT FOR GAY AND TRANSGENDER EQUALITY IN TEXAS?

Now that the U.S Supreme Court has ruled for the freedom to marry in all 50 states, the next chapter - ending discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations - begins.

From Texas Wins


June 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT RULING ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE

Today, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick makes the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage: "Today's decision by the Supreme Court is not a decision based on any law that Congress has passed legalizing gay marriage in the United States.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


June 26, 2015

SENATOR JOSE MENENDEZ: NOW THAT THE FREEDOM TO MARRY IS A REALITY FOR EVERY AMERICAN, TEXAS MUST NOT STAND IN THE WAY

Senator Jose Menendez released the following statement in response to the historic ruling by the United States Supreme Court on the Freedom to Marry: “Every loving and committed couple deserves the same opportunity to marry that my wife Cehlia and I had nearly 20 years ago.

From Senator Jose Menendez


June 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARISA MARQUEZ: RELEASES STATEMENT ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE SUPREME COURT RULING

State Representative Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso) released the following statement: "I am overwhelmed with joy about today's Supreme Court decision granting equal marriage rights to all.

From Representative Marisa Marquez


June 26, 2015

TEXAS VALUES: GOV. ABBOTT ISSUES DIRECTIVE: STATE OFFICIALS ORDERED TO RESPECT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ON MARRIAGE BELIEFS

Today, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a directive to state agencies and employees, ordering respect for religious freedom following the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage. Gov. Abbott’s statement says in part:

From Texas Values


June 26, 2015

SENATOR KIRK WATSON: STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT MARRIAGE RULING

Today is an extraordinary day in our nation's history. With the Supreme Court ruling that a state can't deny same-sex couples the right to marry, all Texans will be allowed to celebrate their love and their families.

From Senator Kirk Watson


June 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS A RIGHT

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court struck down bans on marriage equality, requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages. Representative Coleman (D-Houston) had the following comment:

From Representative Garnet Coleman


June 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ARMANDO WALLE: APPLAUDS SUPREME COURT DECISION ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) released the following statement on the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges.

From Representative Armando Walle


June 26, 2015

TEXAS SOCIETY OF CPAS: LAUNCHES 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND CELEBRATION OF THE ORGANIZATION AND CPA PROFESSION

The Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA), a professional organization representing Texas CPAs, officially launches its centennial anniversary celebration at their annual meeting in Dallas on June 26-27. This milestone recognizes the 100-year anniversary of TSCPA and celebrates accounting as a certified and licensed profession in the state of Texas for the past century.

From Texas Society of CPAs


June 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CULBERSON: STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT'S MARRIAGE DECISION

Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court trampled on States’ rights to oversee marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges: “I’m disappointed that the Court chose to override the will of Texans who define marriage as being between a man and a woman.

From Representative John Culberson


June 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ISSUES MEMO DIRECTING STATE AGENCIES TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, Governor Greg Abbott today issued a memo to all state agency heads directing them to respect and preserve Texans religious liberties and First Amendment rights.

From Office of the Governor


June 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CESAR BLANCO: APPLAUDS SCOTUS MARRIAGE EQUALITY DECISION

Rep. César J. Blanco issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling striking down state bans on same-sex marriage: "This monumental decision strikes down state-sanctioned discrimination and will allow people across the country to marry the person they love.

From Representative Cesar Blanco


June 26, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY RULING BY U.S. SUPREME COURT

State Sen. José Rodríguez today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that denying the right to marriage to same-sex couples is unconstitutional: I applaud the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


June 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT RULING ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling: “The Supreme Court has abandoned its role as an impartial judicial arbiter and has become an unelected nine-member legislature.

From Office of the Governor


June 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON: FOLLOWING HIGH COURT'S FLAWED RULING, NEXT FIGHT IS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s flawed ruling on states’ constitutional right to define marriage, stating the next fight is religious liberty:

From Office of the Attorney General


June 26, 2015

ENVIRONMENT TEXAS: REPORT: SOLAR ENERGY BENEFITS VASTLY OUTWEIGH COSTS

Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.

From Environment Texas


June 26, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: HAILS SUPREME COURT RULING ON FREEDOM TO MARRY

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller issued the following statement following today’s U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling striking down state bans on same-sex marriage: “Today’s historic court decision for the freedom to marry joins other landmark rulings that have moved this country closer to the Constitution’s promise of equality under the law for all Americans.

From Texas Freedom Network


June 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS TURNER: SUPREME COURT GETS IT RIGHT ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

State Representative Chris Turner (HD 101 - Grand Prairie) released the following statement in reaction to today's United States Supreme Court decision regarding marriage equality:

From Representative Chris Turner


June 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CELIA ISRAEL: CHEERS SCOTUS GAY MARRIAGE DECISION

For generations now, Texas couples have been taking care of one another in sickness and in health, in good times and bad. Because they were the same sex, they could not legally marry in Texas.

From Representative Celia Israel


June 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DONNA HOWARD: CELEBRATES SCOTUS DECISION ON OBERGEFELL V. HODGES

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage, State Representative Donna Howard issued the following statement: "Today's ruling places our country squarely on the right side of history.

From Representative Donna Howard


June 26, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: APPLAUDS SCOTUS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE RULING

Senator Sylvia R. Garcia released the following statement on today's ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States to support the union of same-sex couples in the United States: "Finally.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


June 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOAQUIN CASTRO: STATEMENT ON THE SUPREME COURT'S OBERGEFELL V. HODGES RULING

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that states must issue licenses for and recognize same-sex marriages:

From Representative Joaquin Castro


June 26, 2015

TEXAS VALUES: TX. LT. GOV. TO AG: PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON CLERKS WHO REFUSE GAY MARRIAGE ON RELIGIOUS GROUNDS

Today, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made an official opinion request to Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton on marriage and religious freedom. Lt. Gov. Patrick made the follow statement below:

From Texas Values


June 26, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: PRAISES SCOTUS DECISION ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to this morning's U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding marriage equality: "I am elated that marriage equality is now the law of the land, allowing loving, committed couples to formally celebrate their union.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


June 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RICK MILLER: ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION BID

State Representative Rick Miller will seek re-election to represent House District 26 in the Texas House of Representatives. First elected in 2012, Miller currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee and House Public Health Committee.

From Representative Rick Miller


June 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ARMANDO WALLE: PRAISES SUPREME COURT DECISION ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SUBSIDIES

State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) released the following statement on the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in King v. Burwell.

From Representative Armando Walle


June 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK REQUESTS LEGAL OPINION FROM TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL IN PREPARATION FOR SUPREME COURT RULING

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick requested an opinion from the Texas Attorney General in anticipation of a decision by the United States Supreme Court regarding same sex marriage: “In Texas, the law of the land defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. This principle was adopted by over 76 percent of Texas voters in 2005. However, that definition could be struck down or altered by our nation’s highest court.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


June 26, 2015

PUBLIC CITIZEN AND TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: ETHICS REFORM GROUPS DEMAND ABBOTT CALL A SPECIAL SESSION ON ETHICS

Today, ethics watchdog groups called upon Governor Abbott to finish what he started and call a special session to resolve the chronic flaws in ethics laws and require disclosure of dark money.

From Public Citizen


June 25, 2015

SENATE REPUBLICAN FRESHMAN CAUCUS: LIBERTY 8 STATEMENT ON THE RECENT SUPREME COURT RULING

The Senate Republican Freshman Caucus, commonly referred to as the Liberty 8, issued the following joint statement in response to today’s Supreme Court ruling in King v Burwell: “Obamacare is a disastrous, fatally flawed policy riddled with broken promises and false hope.

From Senate Republican Freshman Caucus

By Lonnie Dietz


June 25, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON PENDING SUPREME COURT MARRIAGE DECISION

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement in advance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on states’ constitutional right to define marriage: “Sometime in the next several days, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to issue an opinion on Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that could potentially redefine marriage.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 25, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: CHAIRMAN PORTER'S STATEMENT ON THE LEADERSHIP CHANGES AT THE RAILROAD COMMISSION

The following statement can be attributed to Chairman David Porter on leadership changes at the Texas Railroad Commission: “The Railroad Commission will immediately begin a nationwide search for a new executive director, following Milton Rister’s announcement he will retire later this summer.

From Texas Railroad Commission


June 25, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CESAR BLANCO: COURT RULING WILL ALLOW TEXANS TO KEEP AFFORDABLE HEALTH COVERAGE

Representative Cesar J. Blanco, a member of the Texas House Public Health Committee, praised today's Supreme Court ruling that will allow Texans and individuals in states that did not establish a healthcare exchange to keep their health insurance tax credits.

From Representative Cesar Blanco


June 25, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CULBERSON: STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT'S DECISION ON OBAMACARE

Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) today issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in King vs. Burwell: “Today’s ruling confirms that the only way America can repeal Obamacare is through the ballot box with a Republican President and a Republican Congress.

From Representative John Culberson


June 25, 2015

TEXAS EXES: STATEMENT FROM SEN. KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON

“Texas Exes stands with Chancellor McRaven in his pursuit to protect private student records. We applaud the efforts of UT System leadership including Chairman Foster and Vice Chairman Hicks to move beyond the controversy created by individuals whose stated concerns have been addressed by UT Austin and UT System.

From Texas Exes


June 25, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT INVITES NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESSES TO SEEK NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN TEXAS

Governor Greg Abbott today released a statement on New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan’s decision to veto the state budget, which passed both houses of the New Hampshire legislature Wednesday and included significant reductions in the state’s business profits tax and business enterprise tax, extending over $1 billion in tax cuts to New Hampshire job creators.

From Office of the Governor


June 25, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT RULING BY U.S. SUPREME COURT

State Sen. José Rodríguez today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold federally run health care exchanges: Today’s Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell will allow nearly one million Texans, including over 54,000 El Pasoans, who currently get coverage through the federal exchange to continue to receive affordable health care.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


June 25, 2015

TEXAS VALUES: CLERKS SHOULD AVOID CRIMINAL LIABILITY, FOLLOW ATTORNEY GENERAL ON SCOTUS CASE

The Supreme Court of the United States is expected to rule tomorrow morning or Monday morning, June 29th, on the historic marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, deciding the issue of same sex marriage for the states of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky, and the decision could likely impact other states as well.

From Texas Values


June 25, 2015

SENATOR JOHN CORNYN: MEETS WITH AUSTIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN WASHINGTON

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) met with members of the Austin Chamber of Commerce today during the group’s annual visit to Washington. Senator Cornyn gave Chamber members an update about Senate action on trade, patent reform, transportation, and criminal justice reform.

From Senator John Cornyn


June 25, 2015

SEIU TEXAS: STATEMENT ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT UPHOLDING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Elsa Caballero, SEIU Texas president issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Upholding the Affordable Care Act “More than 1 million Texans can count on continued healthcare coverage as the U.S. Supreme Court voted today to uphold the availability of tax credits through the Affordable Care Act.

From SEIU Texas


June 25, 2015

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM PAC: ENDORSES THE RE-ELECTION OF STATE REP. DAN HUBERTY IN HOUSE DISTRICT 127

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC issued the following statement today announcing its endorsement of the re-election of State Representative Dan Huberty in House District 127.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC


June 25, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK STATEMENT ON OBAMACARE RULING

"I am extremely disappointed that the Supreme Court of the United States has once again sided with President Obama's disastrous healthcare legislation. This should have been an easy decision based on the actual law as written.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


June 25, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON FAIR HOUSING RULING

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court ruling in the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, et al., v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., which remanded the case back to the lower courts based on the Court’s decision in this case:

From Office of the Attorney General


June 25, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: STATEMENT ON U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HEALTH INSURANCE SUBSIDIES

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the nationwide health insurance subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act that gives millions of Americans subsidies to secure more affordable health insurance for their families.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


June 25, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: ELATED ABOUT SCOTUS ACA AND HOUSING RULINGS

Today the Supreme Court of the United States voted to uphold federal subsidies for the Affordable Care Act and ruled that the Fair Housing Act is interpreted to protect communities from unintentional discrimination in their financing structures. Senator Garcia released the following statements on both rulings.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


June 25, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT UPHOLDING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

"a conservative U.S. Supreme Court has now twice confirmed that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. "It’s fine if Greg Abbott wants to disagree. He doesn’t have to ever like Obamacare. But Abbott isn't doing Texans any good by throwing a never-ending political temper tantrum over it.

From Lone Star Project


June 25, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: STATEMENT ON SCOTUS DECISION IN KING VS. BURWELL

This morning, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the King vs. Burwell case: "Over the past five years, we've seen Obamacare repeatedly changed and contorted through executive actions by President Obama and controversial judicial decisions by the United States Supreme Court.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


June 25, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

On Thursday, June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that federal tax subsidies are available to individuals purchasing health insurance regardless of whether their state's healthcare marketplace is run by that state or by the federal government.

From Representative Garnet Coleman


June 25, 2015

ENROLL AMERICA TEXAS: STATEMENT ON KING V. BURWELL DECISION AFFIRMING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO TEXANS

Today, Mimi Garcia, Texas State Director of Enroll America, issued the following statement regarding today's Supreme Court ruling on King v. Burwell, which affirmed that financial assistance will continue to be available to millions of Americans in federally-facilitated marketplace states:

From Enroll America Texas


June 25, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE SUPREME COURT'S HEALTH CARE RULING

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold subsidies for states using the federal marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


June 25, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CASES

Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare: “The Supreme Court abandoned the Constitution to resuscitate a failing healthcare law.

From Office of the Governor


June 25, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DONNA HOWARD: APPLAUDS SCOTUS DECISION ON INSURANCE SUBSIDIES

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell, State Representative Donna Howard issued the following statement: "I am grateful to the Supreme Court for upholding the subsidies on policies purchased through the federal health insurance exchange.

From Representative Donna Howard


June 25, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS TURNER: KING V. BURWELL DECISION GOOD NEWS FOR TEXAS

Today, State Representative Chris Turner (HD 101 - Grand Prairie), who authored contingency legislation to protect more than 830,000 Texans from losing their health insurance tax credits, released the following statement in response to today's United States Supreme Court decision in the case of King v. Burwell:

From Representative Chris Turner


June 25, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON U.S. SUPREME COURT OBAMACARE RULING

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court ruling today in King v. Burwell: “This is unfortunate news for the millions of Americans who have experienced first-hand the devastating effects Obamacare has had on their families and businesses.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 25, 2015

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: SUPREME COURT PROTECTS AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR 832,000 TEXANS

Today the Supreme Court handed down its decision in King v. Burwell, protecting the rights of consumers in all states – including those like Texas that did not set up their own health insurance marketplaces – to receive tax credits that make health insurance affordable.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


June 25, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: REACTS TO U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to this morning's U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding the Affordable Care Act: "I am thankful that the Supreme Court did the right thing by protecting the millions of Americans who have secured more affordable health insurance under the Affordable Care Act," said Senator Ellis.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


June 25, 2015

RPT: ICYMI: DEMOCRAT HALL OF SHAME

This week, the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) released their Democrat Hall of Shame for the 84th Legislature. While many more dastardly Democrats could have qualified, these six liberal Democrats stood out due to their egregious actions during the last legislative session.

From Republican Party of Texas


June 24, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: COMMENTS IN RESPONSE TO THE RELEASE OF THE TEXAS MONTHLY - BEST AND WORST LIST

For all their hype, the release of this year's Texas Monthly - Best and Worst List, the article offers its readers nothing but hyperbole and cheap shots. It is a poor example of journalistic standards.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


June 24, 2015

CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS OF TEXAS: JEFF YATES TO DIRECT CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS OF TEXAS

Conservative Republicans of Texas (CRT), the leading Texas political action committee (PAC) in electing conservative candidates and advancing conservative issues, announced today the departure of long-­?time political consultant Allen Blakemore and the arrival of Jeff Yates.

From Conservative Republicans of Texas


June 24, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN FOR SENATE DISTRICT 20

After putting South Texas at the forefront of critical state budget negotiations as Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa announces his intention to seek re-election to a fourth term in the Texas Senate.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


June 24, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON APPOINTS MAXWELL, MCFARLAND AND MONTOYA TO SENIOR STAFF

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the appointment of David Maxwell as Director of Law Enforcement, Adrienne McFarland as Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice and Rudy Montoya as Chief Information Officer. This move elevates the Information Technology division to a deputy-level position.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 24, 2015

DAN HUBERTY CAMPAIGN: HUBERTY TO SEEK REELECTION TO HOUSE DISTRICT 127

State Representative Dan Huberty issued the following statement this morning regarding his intention to run for reelection for District 127 of the Texas House of Representatives:

From Dan Huberty Campaign


June 24, 2015

VAN TAYLOR CAMPAIGN: SENATOR VAN TAYLOR APPLAUDS GOVERNOR ABBOTT'S DECISIVE LEADERSHIP AGAINST OBAMACARE

State Senator Van Taylor today applauded Governor Greg Abbott for his leadership and decisive stance against extending Obamcare a “lifeline” in the event the Supreme Court rules that federally established exchanges are ineligible for subsides.

From Van Taylor Campaign


June 24, 2015

BRYAN HUGHES CAMPAIGN: TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE ENDORSES HUGHES FOR SENATE

Today Texas Right to Life issued an early endorsement to Rep. Bryan Hughes for Senate District 1. "I cannot sing enough praise for everything Texas Right to Life has done for the pro-life movement in our state," said Hughes. "I am so honored to have received the endorsement and support of this terrific organization in our campaign for senate."

From Bryan Hughes Campaign


June 24, 2015

TDP: ICYMI: RETURNING RACISTS'S MONEY NOT ENOUGH

As we learn more details about the horrific Charleston massacre, the influence of racist and radical conservative groups cannot be ignored. For years, the Republican Party has been shaped by toxicity from extremists. like white supremacist Earl Holt III, with divisive and racist agendas.

From Texas Democratic Party


June 24, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ICYMI: GOVERNOR ABBOTT: THE TEXAS 'ECONOMIC MIRACLE' IS FAR FROM FINISHED

Freedom is the intangible but very real promise of Texas that encourages businesses to grow in the Lone Star State. It's no surprise Texas is again ranked the best state for business—for the 11th year in a row—according to Chief Executive's survey of the nation's top CEOs.

From Office of the Governor


June 24, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: CHAIRMAN PORTER ANNOUNCES EMPLOYEE SAFETY ENCHANCEMENTS

Texas Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter today highlighted several policy changes to increase Commission inspection staff safety in pipeline areas in South Texas.

From Texas Railroad Commission


June 24, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE PAC: ISSUES EARLY ENDORSEMENT OF HUGHES IN SD 1 RACE

Texas Right to Life Political Action Committee is proud to announce the endorsement of State Representative Bryan Hughes for State Senate District 1. Emily Kebodeaux, Esq., Director of Texas Right to Life Political Action Committee, relayed to Pro-Lifers across Texas:

From Texas Right to Life PAC


June 24, 2015

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: ADVANCES HIGHER EDUCATION ACCESS, AFFORDABILITY, EXCELLENCE DURING 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Higher education access, affordability and excellence will be enhanced by 12 bills passed by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, during the 2015 legislative session and signed into law recently by Gov. Greg Abbott.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


June 24, 2015

CINDY BURKETT CAMPAIGN: ANNOUNCES FOR RE-ELECTION TO HD 113

State Representative Cindy Burkett today announced her plans to run for re-election to Texas House District 113. District 113 is in East Dallas County and covers parts of Mesquite, Dallas, Balch Springs, Garland, Seagoville, Rowlett and Combine, and all of Sunnyvale.

From Cindy Burkett Campaign


June 24, 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: STATEMENT

University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven was notified that Regent Wallace Hall has filed a lawsuit against him, as the System’s chief executive officer. Hall claims that he has been wrongly denied access to records necessary to carry out his duties as a Regent.

From The University of Texas System


June 24, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD PENA RAYMOND: GOVERNOR ABBOTT SIGNS SEVERAL BILLS BY REP. RICHARD PENA RAYMOND FROM LAREDO

The veto period for the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature has expired with several important pieces of legislation passed by Representative Richard Peña Raymond, Chairman of the House Committee on Human Services, now on their way to becoming law.

From Representative Richard Pena Raymond


June 24, 2015

DREW DARBY CAMPAIGN: STATE REPRESENTATIVE DREW DARBY ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION BID

State Representative Drew Darby (R - San Angelo) will seek re- election to represent House District 72 in the Texas House of Representatives.

From Drew Darby Campaign


June 24, 2015

JUDGE RAY WHELESS CAMPAIGN: WHELESS ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR THE TEXAS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS

Judge Ray Wheless, a Republican Collin County District Judge, announced that he is running for the Republican nomination as Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2, in the March 2016 primary.

From Judge Ray Wheless Campaign


June 24, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: SMART-ON-CRIME AGENDA SCORES IMPORTANT VICTORIES WITH THE 84TH LEGISLATURE

The Texas Smart-­?On-­?Crime Coalition – whose Executive Committee is comprised of the Texas Association of Business, Goodwill Central Texas, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition – worked tirelessly with members of the Texas Legislature this session to pass cost-­?saving bills that increase public safety, strengthen the state’s workforce, and improve Texas communities.

From Texas Association of Business


June 24, 2015

TEXAS CRIMINAL JUSTICE COALITION: 84TH LEGISLATURE SUPPORTS SMART JUSTICE POLICIES

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition worked closely with lawmakers and coalition partners to pass important criminal and youth justice reforms this legislative session, some of which are featured below.

From Texas Criminal Justice Coalition


June 24, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RAFAEL ANCHIA: GOVERNOR ABBOTT SIGNS ANCHIA LEGISLATION THAT BENEFITS EXONEREES

On June 17th, Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 638, the bi-partisan bill filed by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) that would allow wrongfully convicted persons to elect to reduce their annuity payments in order to extend those payments or a portion of those payments to their surviving spouse or designated beneficiary upon their death.

From Representative Rafael Anchia


June 24, 2015

TEXAS COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS: ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO TO STUDY MONARCH BUTTERFLY

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today announced funding for a $300,000 research proposal by The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to study the monarch butterfly.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


June 24, 2015

VAN TAYLOR CAMPAIGN: TAYLOR EARNS SENATE'S TOP RATING FROM TEXANS FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

In recognition of his conservative leadership during the recent legislative session, State Senator Van Taylor received an A+ grade from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, one of the state's leading conservative watchdog groups.

From Van Taylor Campaign


June 24, 2015

KEVIN ROBERTS CAMPAIGN: BUSINESS LEADERS LINE UP BEHIND KEVIN ROBERTS FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Kevin Roberts, Republican candidate for State Representative, announced the endorsement a number of business leaders in the House District 126 community. These new endorsements add to a growing list of supporters for Kevin Roberts, and make him the clear front-runner in the race for State Representative.

From Kevin Roberts Campaign


June 24, 2015

TEXAS COUNCIL ON FAMILY VIOLENCE: PRAISES GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT AND THE 84TH LEGISLATURE FOR ADDING THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY TO PROTECT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS IN THE LAST DECADE

The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) today praises Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the 84th Texas Legislature for their overwhelming support of victims of domestic violence in Texas.

From Texas Council on Family Violence


June 22, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON THE ARANSAS PROJECT V. SHAW SUPREME COURT DECISION

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement regarding today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to deny review of The Aransas Project v. Shaw: “The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s water permitting program is critical to both preserving our environment and managing the water needs of our state.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 22, 2015

BRYAN HUGHES CAMPAIGN: STATEWIDE CONSERVATIVES CONTINUE TO ENDORSE HUGHES FOR SENATE

Today, State Representative Bryan Hughes, candidate for Senate District 1, announced endorsements from four prominent conservative leaders, Kelly Shackelford (President, Liberty Institute), Cathie Adams (President, Texas Eagle Forum), Ann Hettinger (State Director, Concerned Women for America), and Carol Everett (President, Heidi Group).

From Bryan Hughes Campaign


June 22, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CALL FOR A RENEWED COMMITMENT TO AMERICA'S PROMISE

As the nation continues to mourn the massacre of nine people at a black church in Charleston, S.C., we all face difficult questions about racial discrimination, gun violence, and the displaying of the Confederate flag.

From Texas Democratic Party


June 22, 2015

TEXAS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION ADVOCATES: THANKS LEGISLATIVE LEADERS FOR SUPPORTING LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATIONS

Texas Community Association Advocates (TCAA) today praised the 84th Texas Legislature for passing legislation that demonstrates a strong commitment to improving the operations of homeowners’ associations in the State of Texas.

From Texas Community Association Advocates


June 22, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: TEXAS WILL FIGHT THE EPA'S CARBON RULE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned of the impact the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) so-called Clean Power Plan (“Carbon Rule”) would have on the livelihoods and quality of life of Texans at a luncheon hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 22, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: GOVERNOR SIGNS INTO LAW SB 1287 REQUIRING THE LICENSING OF FORENSIC ANALYSTS

This weekend, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law SB 1287 authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, legislation that requires the Forensic Science Commission to establish a process for licensing forensic analysts and requires forensic analysts to obtain licensing by January 1, 2019.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


June 22, 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN: SEEKING EARTHQUAKE ANSWERS, TEXNET SEISMIC MONITORING PROGRAM AUTHORIZED BY THE STATE OF TEXAS

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed legislation authorizing funding of $4.47 million for the TexNet Seismic Monitoring Program, an initiative led by the Bureau of Economic Geology — the State Geologic Survey of Texas — at The University of Texas at Austin.

From The University of Texas at Austin


June 22, 2015

AARP: GOVERNOR ABBOTT SIGNS NURSING HOME THREE STRIKES BILL (SB 304)

AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson issued the following statement today regarding Senate Bill 304, a measure strengthening nursing home regulations that was sponsored by state Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) and which Governor Greg Abbott signed into law on Friday:

From AARP


June 22, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ICYMI: CONGRESS AND GOVERNORS: JUST SAY NO TO OBAMACARE

The Supreme Court of the United States will soon decide the case of King v. Burwell. The legal question there is simple: Can the president wave his magic wand and rewrite Obamacare to mean whatever he wants it to mean? The correct answer is obviously no.

From Office of the Governor


June 22, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: STATEMENT FROM PATRICK ON SIGNING OF 2016-17 BUDGET

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick released the following statement following Governor Greg Abbott signing the 2016-17 budget into law: "I am proud of the budget that Governor Abbott signed today.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


June 22, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS STATE BUDGET INTO LAW

Governor Greg Abbott today signed HB 1, the General Appropriations Act, into law. Upon signing the 2016-2017 budget, Governor Abbott released the following statement: “I am proud to sign a Texas budget that cuts taxes, provides a record amount of funding to secure the border, improves our schools and builds more roads.

From Office of the Governor


June 22, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DONNA HOWARD: BLASTS GOVERNOR'S VETO OF SB 496

Following Governor Greg Abbott's veto of SB 496, State Representative Donna Howard issued the following statement: "On numerous occasions, including during his State of the State Address, Governor Abbott has called for the return of 'genuine local control to our schools.'

From Representative Donna Howard


June 22, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: FEDERAL COURT REJECTS EFFORTS TO STOP HB 2 FROM TAKING EFFECT

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals today rejected a motion to stop House Bill 2 from taking effect. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement: “The Fifth Circuit today rightly rejected efforts to stop HB 2 from taking effect,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 22, 2015

TEXANS FOR EDUCATION REFORM: APPLAUDS ABBOTT APPOINTMENT OF BAHORICH AS SBOE CHAIR

Texans for Education Reform issued the following statement today regarding Governor Greg Abbott’s announcement that he has appointed Donna Bahorich to chair the State Board of Education (SBOE). TER President Julie Linn said:

From Texans for Education Reform


June 19, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: TEXAS SUPREME COURT CORRECTLY DECLINES TO INTERFERE IN DIVORCE CASE

State Sen. José Rodríguez today issued the following statement regarding the Texas Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the divorce of a same-sex couple in Austin: "I'm pleased that the Texas Supreme Court decided in this case that the state will not be able to interfere in this private divorce petition.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


June 19, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: A SENSELESS ACT OF TERRORISM AND HATE

The senselessness and sadness of the murders in South Carolina need to be a signal to acknowledge and end the accommodation of racist views that inevitably lead to horrible acts of hate, violence and death.

From Lone Star Project


June 19, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARISA MARQUEZ: GOVERNOR ABBOTT SIGNS REP. MARQUEZ'S KEY PIECES OF LEGISLATION INTO LAW

Governor Abbott signed Representative Marisa Marquez’s (D-El Paso) key legislation into law this month:

From Representative Marisa Marquez


June 19, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON ISSUES STATEMENT ON TEXAS SUPREME COURT RULING

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement regarding today’s Texas Supreme Court ruling that upheld a same-sex divorce: “Today, the Texas Supreme Court effectively recognized same-sex divorce in Texas, contrary to the State Constitution, and without allowing the State to mount a defense.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 19, 2015

TEXAS DPS: GRADUATES NEW CLASS OF STATE TROOPERS

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw, Texas Public Safety Commission Chair Cynthia Leon, and members of the Public Safety Commission today were joined by Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell as the department commissioned 77 men and women as the state’s newest Highway Patrol Troopers during the recruit graduation ceremony.

From Texas DPS


June 19, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ADDRESSES FORT WORTH METROPOLITAN BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 35TH ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON

Governor Greg Abbott today attended and addressed the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce 35th Annual Awards Luncheon to discuss with area business leaders the many reasons why Texas remains the leading state for liberty and economic opportunity.

From Office of the Governor


June 19, 2015

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: PASSES 102 BILLS DURING 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION, BREAKING RECORD

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, passed 102 bills during the 2015 legislative session, breaking her personal record and passing more bills during the session than any other legislator.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


June 19, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: ANNOUNCES NEW GRAND PRAIRIE LOCATION TO HELP FAMILIES

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has a new location in Grand Prairie to assist parents with their child support cases. Located at 217 W. Main, Suite 110, the child support service center opened on June 8.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 19, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH

On this day in 1865 the last remaining slaves in America were declared free. Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and read from the Emancipation Proclamation belatedly informing 250,000 Texas slaves of their freedom.

From Texas Democratic Party


June 19, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON JOINS NATIONAL UNDERCOVER OPERATION ARRESTING 17 CHILD PREDATORS IN TEXAS

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the results of “Operation Broken Heart II,” a national undercover operation that included the Texas Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and the National Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 19, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON TEXAS SUPREME COURT DECISION TO UPHOLD SAME SEX DIVORCE

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the Texas Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the divorce of a same-sex couple in Austin, TX: “The Texas Supreme Court’s decision is disappointing and legally incorrect. The Court mistakenly relied on a technicality to allow this divorce to proceed.

From Office of the Governor


June 19, 2015

TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: TEXAS PHYSICIANS SEEK GRACE PERIOD FROM LOOMING DISASTER

Physician leaders from three states have joined the Texas Medical Association (TMA) in asking the federal government to help doctors dodge disaster by adopting a two-year, penalty-free grace period to shift to the new ICD-10 medical billing and coding system.

From Texas Medical Association


June 19, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: BILL AIMED TO HALT EXPANSION OF CAMELOT LANDFILL BECOMES LAW

House Bill 281, a bill introduced by State Representative Ron Simmons, became law on June 18, 2015. HB 281 allows the City of Lewisville to have a say before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) can approve the permit to expand the Camelot Landfill.

From Representative Ron Simmons


June 19, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: FIRST LADY CECILIA ABBOTT HONORS 2015 GOVERNOR'S SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS WINNERS

First Lady Cecilia Abbott honored the winners of the 2015 Governor’s Small Business Awards this week, emphasizing the important role small businesses play in the success of Texas’ economy. Both events were hosted by the Texas Governor’s Office and the Texas Workforce Commission.

From Office of the Governor


June 19, 2015

ENVIRONMENT TEXAS: TRUCKS AND BUSES WILL BE MORE EFFICIENT, LESS POLLUTING

Eighteen-wheelers, school and transit buses, and other large vehicles will be much more efficient and less polluting by the end of the next decade, according to a proposal issued today by the Obama administration.

From Environment Texas


June 19, 2015

ED THOMPSON CAMPAIGN: THOMPSON TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION TO HOUSE DISTRICT 29

Today State Representative Ed Thompson announced his plans to run for re- election to the Texas House of Representatives, District 29. Thompson was elected in 2012 and recently wrapped up his second Legislative Session in Austin, serving the people of Texas House District 29.

From Ed Thompson Campaign


June 19, 2015

CHARLIE GEREN CAMPAIGN: STATE REPRESENTATIVE GEREN ANNOUNCES FOR RE-ELECTION

After a historically successful legislative session, State Representative Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) today announced he will seek re-election. Geren currently represents parts of Fort Worth, Azle, Briar, Pecan Acres, River Oaks, Saginaw and Sansom Park and all of Blue Mound, Lake Worth, Lakeside, Pelican Bay, White Settlement, Westworth Village and Westover Hills.

From Charlie Geren Campaign


June 19, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CAROL ALVARADO: OUTRAGED BY CHANGE IN SCHOOL POLICY THAT ALLOWS DEEP FRYERS AND SODA MACHINES BACK INTO OUR SCHOOLS

Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced that the Texas Department of Agriculture is repealing certain prohibitions under the state’s decade old school nutrition policy that restricted the use of deep fryers and soda machines in Texas schools.

From Representative Carol Alvarado


June 19, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: DONNA BAHORICH NAMED STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION CHAIR

Gov. Greg Abbott today named Donna Bahorich of Houston chair of the State Board of Education. In making the appointment, the governor said, “The process of elevating our state’s education system to be first in the nation begins in the classroom, but equally important is the involvement of parents and educators as well as steadfast support at the state level.

From Texas Education Agency


June 19, 2015

TEXAS VALUES: ABBOTT APPOINTS CONSERVATIVE EDUCATION & BUSINESS LEADER TO CHAIR STATE BOARD

Today, Governor Greg Abbott appointed current State Board of Education (SBOE) member Donna Bahorich, to be chair of the SBOE, to succeed outgoing chair Barbara Cargill. Jonathan Saenz, a leading Texas educational policy advocate and expert, who testifies frequently before the SBOE, released the following statement:

From Texas Values


June 19, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: GOVERNOR SIGNS SENATOR GARCIA'S RELATIONSHIP PRIVACY ACT (SB 1135)

Yesterday, Governor Abbott signed Senate Bill 1135 which was authored by Senator Sylvia Garcia. The bill seeks to stop the disturbing trend of nonconsensual disclosure of sexually explicit images on the internet usually done with the specific intent to gain revenge and harm the depicted person who has not consented to the disclosure of the images.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


June 19, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: STATEMENT ON GOV. ABBOTT'S APPOINTMENT OF SBOE CHAIR

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is expressing disappointment in Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision, announced today, to appoint State Board of Education member Donna Bahorich, R-Houston, as board chair:

From Texas Freedom Network


June 18, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: LAUDS GOVERNOR ABBOTT'S APPOINTMENT OF DONNA BAHORICH AS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION CHAIR

Senator Paul Bettencourt strongly supports Senate District 7 longtime resident & District 6 State Board of Education (SBOE) Member Donna Bahorich’s appointment to the Chair by Governor Abbott today.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


June 18, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER SITTON RELEASES PRELIMINARY SUMMARY OF TECHNICAL MEETING ON SEISMICITY

Commissioner Ryan Sitton today released a preliminary summary of the technical meeting on seismicity that he hosted at the Railroad Commission on June 5, 2015.

From Texas Railroad Commission


June 18, 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: CLINICAL TRIALS NETWORK WILL HELP GET NEW, MORE EFFECTIVE DRUGS TO PATIENTS FASTER

The University of Texas System has launched a groundbreaking clinical trials network to ensure drugs and therapies developed by researchers at UT institutions get to patients faster and are effective.

From The University of Texas System


June 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT NAMES DONNA BAHORICH CHAIR OF STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

Governor Greg Abbott today named Donna Bahorich Chair of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) for a term to expire February 1, 2017. Donna Bahorich was elected to the SBOE in November 2012 and took office on January 1, 2013.

From Office of the Governor


June 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS RESOLUTION POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDING CHRIS KYLE THE TEXAS LEGISLATIVE MEDAL OF HONOR

Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Concurrent Resolution 85 (Wray, R-Waxahachie; Birdwell, R-Granbury) to posthumously award the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle, a native Texan and Navy SEAL who served four tours in Iraq and is recognized as the most lethal sniper in United States military history.

From Office of the Governor


June 18, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: STATEMENT ON U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION RE: CONFEDERATE LICENSE PLATES

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to this morning's U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Texas' right to ban the Confederate battle flag from the state's specialty license plates:

From Senator Rodney Ellis


June 18, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS WELCOME MIKE COLLIER AS FINANCE CO-CHAIR

Today, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa announced the appointment of Mike Collier as an officer of the State Democratic Executive Committee. Mike Collier will serve as finance co-chair.

From Texas Democratic Party


June 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: SUPREME COURT RULES FOR TEXAS IN LICENSE PLATE CASE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court victory in Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc.:

From Office of the Attorney General


June 18, 2015

ADVANCED ENERGY MANAGEMENT ALLIANCE: DEMAND RESPONSE MAKES SOME TEXAS LEGISLATIVE GAINS, YET MORE NEEDED

While primary legislation to promote demand response did not pass the Texas Legislature, proponents are encouraged by a bill amendment that could lead to some limited progress.

From Advanced Energy Management Alliance


June 18, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: RIGHT TO HUNT AND FISH ON NOVEMBER BALLOT

Today, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos performed a drawing to determine the ballot order for the seven proposed constitutional amendments to be presented to voters on November 3, 2015.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


June 18, 2015

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: CELEBRATE SUCCESSFUL LEGISLATIVE SESSION WITH 60 BILLS PASSING TO GOVERNOR'S DESK

In her second term, State Senator Donna Campbell celebrated a successful legislative session in which she served as the primary author, sponsor, or joint author of 60 key pieces of legislation to reach Governor Abbott's desk.

From Senator Donna Campbell


June 17, 2015

PAUL WORKMAN CAMPAIGN: EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT

I have been extremely honored and humbled by all of the encouragement I have received from my supporters and leaders in our community to seek the Texas Senate seat being vacated by Senator Troy Fraser.

From Paul Workman Campaign


June 17, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DWAYNE BOHAC: OUTLINES ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE 84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION

With the 84th Legislative Session recently adjourning Sine Die, State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) is pleased to announce some of the highlights that will benefit all Texas taxpayers and families.

From Representative Dwayne Bohac


June 17, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: DOES DONALD TRUMP HAVE AN "IN" WITH GREG ABBOTT?

Greg Abbott says he doesn’t know who he’ll ultimately endorse among the dozen or so candidates vying for the 2016 Republican nomination for President. Just a few months ago Abbott said: "It’s fair to say that I haven’t made any decisions yet."

From Lone Star Project


June 17, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS LEGISLATION REQUIRING LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 1378 (Flynn, R-Canton; Bettencourt, R-Houston), one of his Bicentennial Blueprint recommendations, which will require all local taxing entities to post their financial statements online or through the Texas Comptroller’s website.

From Office of the Governor


June 17, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT RECEIVES BRIEFING ON TROPICAL SYSTEM

Governor Greg Abbott today visited the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to receive a briefing on state resources being dispatched to areas impacted by inclement weather.

From Office of the Governor


June 17, 2015

SENATOR LOIS KOLKHORST: GOVERNOR SIGNS KOLKHORST BILL TO CREATE A TEXAS GOLD BULLION DEPOSITORY

On Friday, June 12, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 483 by State Representative Capriglione (R-Southlake) and Senator Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) to establish a state gold bullion depository.

From Senator Lois Kolkhorst


June 17, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: GOVERNOR ABBOTT SIGNS OFF ON $2.6 BILLION IN TAX RELIEF

A tax cut proposal expected to save Texas taxpayers $2.6 billion over the next two years was signed into law on Monday by Governor Greg Abbott. House Bill 32 reduces the business franchise tax (sometimes referred to as the margins tax) by 25 percent and allows business with $20 million or less in total revenue to file EZ forms to pay these taxes.

From Representative Ron Simmons


June 17, 2015

CAPITOL CROWD: AWARD WINNERS NAMED

The Capitol Crowd, a professional networking group for those who work in and around the Texas State Capitol, has chosen the following individuals as the “best” legislative staff and lobbyists of the 84th Legislature:

From Capitol Crowd


June 17, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CESAR BLANCO: DPS MAY HAVE MISLED LAWMAKERS AOUT FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP ON OPERATION STRONG SAFETY (OSS)

Representative Cesar J. Blanco has issued the following statement in response to new revelations that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) declined to participate in Operation Strong Safety. "It appears that Director McCraw may have intentionally mislead lawmakers about a border security operation for which his agency was given hundreds of millions.

From Representative Cesar Blanco


June 17, 2015

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM PAC: ENDORSES JUSTICE MICHAEL MASSENGALE FOR SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC has endorsed Justice Michael Massengale for the Supreme Court of Texas. Massengale currently sits on the First Court of Appeals in Houston. In making the endorsement, TLRPAC Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi, Jr., said:

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC


June 16, 2015

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM PAC: ENDORSES DR. TOM OLIVERSON IN HOUSE DISTRICT 130

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC today endorsed Dr. Tom Oliverson for State Representative in House District 130. Tom Oliverson is a committed conservative and a successful physician who understands the importance of lawsuit reform both in making sure Texans have access to doctors and in keeping the state’s economy strong.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC


June 16, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ANNOUNCES GRI RENEWABLE INDUSTRIES PLANT IN AMARILLO, TEXAS

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that GRI Renewable Industries, the industrial wind division of Spanish-based Gonvarri Steel Industries, plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Amarillo, Texas.

From Office of the Governor


June 16, 2015

TEXAS COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS: ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF WEB-BASED SCORECARD COMPARING TEXAS TO OTHER STATES IN KEY AREAS

The state of Texas leads the nation in new residents and has one of the nation’s best business climates, according to a newly developed 50-State Scorecard launched today by the Comptroller’s office.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


June 16, 2015

KEVIN ROBERTS CAMPAIGN: WINS TRIPLE CROWN OF ENDORSEMENTS

Kevin Roberts, Republican candidate for State Representative, has announced the endorsements of Dr. Steve Hotze, President of Conservative Republicans of Texas, Terry Lowry, The Link Letter, and Gary Polland, of Texas Conservative Review.

From Kevin Roberts Campaign


June 16, 2015

AARP: NEW LAW TO CURB SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLING IN TEXAS

AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson today applauded Gov. Greg Abbott and members of the Legislature for making meaningful progress toward protecting consumers with the signing of Senate Bill 481, a measure that could significantly reduce surprise medical billing in Texas.

From AARP


June 16, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT URGES TEXANS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AS TROPICAL STORM APPROACHES

Governor Greg Abbott appeared this morning on the Weather Channel to discuss Tropical Storm Bill and to urge Texans in its path to heed the warnings of local officials.

From Office of the Governor


June 15, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK ON LETTER TO CNN PRESIDENT

Today I sent a letter to CNN president Jeffrey Zucker, calling for the immediate resignation of CNN host Fredricka Whitfield for her appalling comments about the shooting at the Dallas Police Department Headquarters this weekend.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


June 15, 2015

JUNIOR STATESMEN FOUNDATION: ANNOUNCES 2015 NELSON SALINAS SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

The Junior Statesmen Foundation (JSF) and the Junior State of America (JSA) are pleased to announce Andres Tamez of Sharyland High School in Mission, TX has been named the first annual Nelson Salinas Scholar.

From Junior Statesmen Foundation


June 15, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON AND HARRIS COUNTY ATTORNEY VINCE RYAN JOIN FORCES TO FIGHT SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan today announced a joint operation against four Houston-area stores for distributing products that contain synthetic marijuana while deceptively claiming the products are safe and legal.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 15, 2015

BRYAN HUGHES CAMPAIGN: STATE REP. BRYAN HUGHES ANNOUNCES FOR TEXAS SENATE

"After a lot of prayer and counsel from family and friends, today I announce my candidacy for the Texas Senate. I've had the privilege of representing much of East Texas already in the House, and I'm looking forward to visiting with old friends and meeting new ones all across this corner of Texas.

From Bryan Hughes Campaign


June 15, 2015

REPRESENTATIVES HELEN GIDDINGS AND JAMES WHITE: SCHOOL OFFICER TRAINING IS CRITICAL FOR STUDENT SUCCESS

While many issues divided legislators along ideological lines this session, there was one important issue where we all stood united: that Texas’ children deserve the best educational environment in order to promote their success.

From Representative Helen Giddings


June 15, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ANNOUNCES ACTIVATION OF STATE OPERATIONS CENTER AS TROPICAL SYSTEM APPROACHES TEXAS

Governor Greg Abbott has announced an elevated activation of the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) as a tropical system is expected to impact parts of Texas this week.

From Office of the Governor


June 15, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: TAX RELIEF LEGISLATION SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Several pieces of legislation authored and sponsored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, were signed by Governor Greg Abbott today. The bills, including SB 1, HB 7 and HB 32, provide more than $4 billion in tax relief for Texas homeowners and businesses.

From Senator Jane Nelson


June 15, 2015

FUND TEXAS CHOICE: THE FIFTH CIRCUIT'S JUNE RULING

Fund Texas Choice was formed in 2013 in response to the passage of House Bill 2, a bill whose targeted regulations of abortion providers resulted in clinic closures across the state.

From Fund Texas Choice


June 15, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS LEGISLATION PROVIDING OVER $4 BILLION IN TAX RELIEF FOR BUSINESSES AND HOMEOWNERS

Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a bill signing ceremony at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in Austin, TX where he ceremonially signed into law HB 32 (D. Bonnen, R-Angleton; Nelson, R-Flower Mound), which will permanently reduce the business franchise tax by 25 percent.

From Office of the Governor


June 15, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: SESSION OUT BUT ACTIVITY CONTINUES

Although the Texas Legislature adjourned on June 1st, activity still continues in the State Capitol. The Governor and other state leaders have been holding bill signing ceremonies, state agencies are preparing to implement laws passed, and lawmakers are making decisions about their next moves.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


June 15, 2015

DAVID SIMPSON CAMPAIGN: SIMPSON ANNOUNCES OVER 170 EAST TEXAS CONSERVATIVE ENDORSEMENTS

Just one day after confirming his intentions to run for the State Senate, David Simpson announced a robust and rapidly growing list of conservative leaders and activists who recognize his principled and stalwart advocacy for the freedom and success of every citizen in Senate District 1

From David Simpson Campaign


June 15, 2015

DAVID SIMPSON CAMPAIGN: SIMPSON "IS IN" FOR SENATE DISTRICT 1

Sunday, after Senator Eltife announced his intention to not seek re-election to Senate District 1, Representative David Simpson announced that he intended to launch a campaign to replace Senator Eltife on June 22.

From David Simpson Campaign


June 15, 2015

ANNIE'S LIST: CONGRATULATES MAYOR-ELECT IVY TAYLOR ON HER VICTORY

Today, Annie’s List congratulated Mayor-Elect Ivy Taylor on her election to Mayor of San Antonio with almost 52% of the vote. Annie’s List endorsed Taylor’s opponent, Leticia Van de Putte, in her bid for Mayor, based on her long-time record of leadership on issues of importance to Annie’s List supporters.

From Annie's List


June 15, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS LEGISLATION EXPANDING TEXANS' SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Governor Greg Abbott today signed HB 910 (Phillips, R-Sherman; Estes, R-Wichita Falls) and SB 11 (Birdwell, R-Granbury; Fletcher, R-Cypress), which expand Texans' Second Amendment rights.

From Office of the Governor


June 15, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON DALLAS POLICE DEPARTMENT ATTACK

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement on the attack on the Dallas Police Department: “The attack on the Dallas Police Department and its officers is a dangerous reminder of the unpredictable threats our men and women in law enforcement face every day.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 15, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION OF AMERICA: STATEMENT FROM CECILE RICHARDS

“We all want our daughters to be safe—but the sad truth is some teens live in dangerous homes and can’t go to their parents. This cruel law targets some of the state's most vulnerable young women.

From Planned Parenthood Federation of America


June 15, 2015

SENATOR LOIS KOLKHORST: GOVERNOR SIGNS FOUR KOLKHORST BILLS TO IMPROVE TEXAS SCHOOLS

Today at the State Capitol, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bills 925, 934, 935 and 972, a legislative package written and passed by Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst to improve public schools in Texas.

From Senator Lois Kolkhorst


June 12, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: GROUPS URGE GOV. ABBOTT TO VETO BILLS TO LET OFFICIALS CLOAK A SPOUSE'S ASSETS

Government reform groups called upon Gov. Abbott to veto HB 3736 and HB 3511 that both contain amendments by Sen. Joan Huffman which will allow Huffman and other officials to exclude a spouse’s assets from Personal Financial Disclosures filed with the Texas Ethics Commission.

From Texans for Public Justice


June 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH STATE BULLION DEPOSITORY

Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 483 (Capriglione, R-Southlake; Kolkhorst, R-Brenham) to establish a state gold bullion depository administered by the Office of the Comptroller.

From Office of the Governor


June 12, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: GOVERNOR SIGNS INTO LAW HB 2037 PROVIDING COMPENSATION FOR PEACE OFFICERS

Today, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law HB 2037 authored by State Representative Charlie Geren and sponsored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, a bill that relates to compensation for certain peace officers. HB 2037 ensures that Attorney General peace officers are compensated at the equivalent rank of other state police officers.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


June 12, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: GOVERNOR ABBOTT SIGNS WATER DESALINATION BILL

Today, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law HB 2031 authored by State Representative Eddie Lucio, III and sponsored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa. HB 2031 allows for the diversion, treatment, and use of marine seawater for desalination, the process of converting seawater into drinking water and other beneficial purposes.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


June 12, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: PRESSURE TESTS ON JOHNSON CO. DISPOSAL WELLS COMPLETED

The Railroad Commission today announced it has completed its analysis of fall-off pressure test results from five disposal wells in Johnson County. The tests were ordered following a reported 4.0 magnitude earthquake which occurred in the area on May 7, 2015, pursuant to the Commission’s rules on seismicity adopted last year.

From Texas Railroad Commission


June 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: VICTORIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND THE TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE CONDUCT CHILD SUPPORT ROUNDUP

Victoria County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 15 Victoria County parents who violated a total of 20 court orders requiring them to pay child support. This week’s sweep was conducted in conjunction with the Texas Attorney General’s Child Support Division.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 12, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: CRADDICK DISCUSSES COLLABORATIVE APPROACH WITH CLEAT

Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick today spoke at Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas’ (CLEAT) Leadership Academy, thanking the group for their critical role in oilfield safety.

From Texas Railroad Commission


June 12, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: ETHICS COMPLAINT CITES SENATOR HUFFMAN'S FAILURE TO DISCLOSE ASSETS

The Lone Star Project has learned that a complaint was filed Wednesday with the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) alleging that Republican State Senator Joan Huffman (SD17 – Houston) is in violation of section § 572.023 of the Texas Government Code for failure to disclose a financial interest in 30 business entities controlled by her husband, Keith Lawyer.

From Lone Star Project


June 11, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: ELEVEN SCHOOLS SPOTLIGHTED IN TEA BEST PRACTICE CASE STUDIES

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has spotlighted eleven campuses across the state as part of a best practices case studies project.

From Texas Education Agency


June 11, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD PENA RAYMOND: GOVERNOR ABBOTT SIGNS "IN GOD WE TRUST" SPECIALTY LICENSE PLATE BILL BY REPRESENTATIVE RAYMOND

Representative Richard Peña Raymond (Laredo), Chairman of the House Committee on Human Services, joined Governor Greg Abbott at the Capitol for a bill signing ceremony for HB 315, the "In God We Trust" specialty license plates bill passed by Chairman Raymond.

From Representative Richard Pena Raymond


June 11, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS THREE TO TEXAS WOMAN'S UNIVERSITY BOARD OF REGENTS

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed John V. “Vic” Lattimore, Jr. of Plano, Dr. Nolan Perez of Harlingen and re-appointed Dr. Ann McGinity of Pearland to the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents for terms to expire on February 1, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


June 11, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT NAMES BECH K. BRUUN CHAIR OF TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD

Governor Greg Abbott today named Bech K. Bruun Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. Bruun has served as a board member of the Texas Water Development Board since September 2013.

From Office of the Governor


June 11, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CHARLES "DOC" ANDERSON: PASSES LOCAL PROVIDER PARTICIPATION PROGRAM FOR MCLENNAN COUNTY

Representative Charles "Doc" Anderson hailed the final passage of legislation that would create a Local Provider Participation Program for McLennan County. Governor Abbott singed HB 2809 into law last week.

From Representative Charles "DOC" Anderson


June 11, 2015

BRIAN BIRDWELL CAMPAIGN: STATE SENATOR BRIAN BIRDWELL ENDORSES TED CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT

Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) today announced his endorsement of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz for President. Birdwell, one of the leading conservative voices in the Texas State Senate, stated, “Ted Cruz articulates and demonstrates the core conservative principles upon which our country was founded.

From Brian Birdwell Campaign


June 11, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GENE WU: BILL TO PROTECT CHILD VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING SIGNED INTO LAW

Governor Abbott signed House Bill 418, authored by Representative Gene Wu (D-Houston), into law on Tuesday. Representative Wu authored the bill to help rescue children who are victims of human trafficking or sex trafficking.

From Representative Gene Wu


June 11, 2015

TEXAS VALUES ACTION: TEXAS GOVERNOR SIGNS PASTOR PROTECTION BILL INTO LAW

Today, pastors from across the state watched Governor Greg Abbott sign the Pastor Protection Bill, SB 2065, into state law, a bill that received bipartisan support in the Texas House and Senate.

From Texas Values Action


June 11, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS PASTOR PROTECTION ACT INTO LAW

Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 2065 (Estes, R-Wichita Falls; Sanford, R-McKinney), the Pastor Protection Act, which protects religious organizations and individuals from performing marriage ceremonies that violate sincerely-held religious beliefs.

From Office of the Governor


June 11, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: COMMISSIONER BUSH ASKS "WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU?"

Commissioner George P. Bush, Chairman of the Veterans Land Board, is encouraging all Texans who honor our freedoms to participate in a special project of the Voices of Veterans program.

From Texas General Land Office


June 11, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON APPLAUDS PASTOR PROTECTION BILL; CALLS FOR PROTECTION FOR ALL PEOPLE OF FAITH IN TEXAS

Attorney General Ken Paxton today participated in the bill signing for Senate Bill 2065, commonly referred to as the Pastor Protection Bill. The law shields pastors and churches from lawsuits regarding their refusal to perform or host a marriage ceremony that violates their sincerely held religious beliefs.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 11, 2015

KNIFE RIGHTS: PRESENTS 2015 FREEDOM'S EDGE AWARD TO TEXAS STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN FRULLO

Texas State Representative John Frullo (R-Lubbock) is the recipient of Knife Rights' 2015 Freedom's Edge™ Award, which was presented on June 6 at the Knife Rights Sharper Future Awards Breakfast held in Atlanta during the 34th annual BLADE Show.

From Knife Rights


June 11, 2015

THE TEXAS LYCEUM: ANNOUNCES VISIT TO PANAMA TO STUDY CANAL EXPANSION AND ITS IMPACT ON TEXAS ECONOMY

The Texas Lyceum, the premier statewide non-profit, non-partisan leadership group focused on public policy issues facing Texas, today announced that Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush would join members of the Texas Lyceum in Panama City, Panama for a three-day visit.

From The Texas Lyceum


June 11, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: TEXANS ARE SOJOURNERS FOR LIFE

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today applauded the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for ruling in favor of several health and safety provisions in Texas legislation, House Bill 2, which ensures that abortion clinics meet the safety standards of state Ambulatory Surgical Centers and requires that abortionists qualify for admitting privileges at a local hospital.

From Senator Ted Cruz


June 11, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: LOCAL BIDDER BILL VETOED BY GOVERNOR

S.B. 408, which state Sen. José Rodríguez and state Rep. Cesar Blanco passed to support local business and allow counties optional additional criteria to use when evaluating bids, was vetoed by the governor today.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


June 10, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS E-VERIFY BILL (SB 374) INTO LAW

Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 374 (Schwertner, R-Georgetown; Dale, R-Cedar Park), which will require state agencies to participate in the E-verify program, a federal initiative authenticating the employment authorization status of all newly-hired employees by state agencies.

From Office of the Governor


June 10, 2015

TEXAS WINS: FOR FIRST TIME, MAJOR TEXAS COMPANIES WENT ON RECORD FOR EQUALITY DURING LEGISLATIVE SESSION

More than 270 companies, including 16 Fortune 500s, signed the Texas Competes pledge supporting equality for gay and transgender people during the 84th Legislature that ended last week.

From Texas Wins


June 10, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: TEXANS ARE STEPPING UP TO ADDRESS THE BORDER CRISIS

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today attended a briefing with border security enforcement officials and received an update on security efforts in the region.

From Senator Ted Cruz


June 10, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: WEB VIDEO: ABBOTT IMPLEMENTS TOUGHEST BORDER SECURITY PLAN IN THE NATION

The Office of the Governor today released a web video following Governor Greg Abbott signing a comprehensive border security plan into law yesterday.

From Office of the Governor


June 10, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: CONDEMNS FIFTH CIRCUIT RULING ON ANTI-ABORTION LEGISLATION

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld most of the devastating provisions of HB 2, the anti-abortion legislation, that passed in 2013.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


June 9, 2015

ANNIE'S LIST: 5TH CIRCUIT HB2 DECISION REMINDER OF WHY ELECTIONS MATTER

Today, Annie’s List Communications Director Laurie Felker Jones issued the following statement on the 5th Circuit Court ruling upholding major portions of HB2:

From Annie's List


June 9, 2015

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: STATEMENT ON FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT'S RULING ON HB 2

State Senator Donna Campbell's statement in response to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of heightened safety standards at abortion facilities:

From Senator Donna Campbell


June 9, 2015

TEXAS VALUES: PRO-LIFE VICTORY: COURT RULING CONFIRMS TEXAS VALUES LIFE; SAFETY FOR WOMEN

Today the 5th Circuit of Appeals upheld contested provisions of the 2013 pro-life omnibus bill, “HB 2”, ruling that abortion facilities must comply with ambulatory surgical center standards.

From Texas Values


June 9, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: HISTORIC PRO-LIFE LAW UPHELD BY U.S. FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS

After nearly two years since being signed into law, the Pro-Life Omnibus Bill of 2013 (House Bill 2) was upheld by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday afternoon for the second time.

From Texas Right to Life


June 9, 2015

TEXAS COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS: CERTIFIES 2016-17 STATE BUDGET

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today announced his certification of House Bill 1, the general appropriations bill, which was approved by both houses during the recently gaveled Regular Session of the 84th Texas Legislature.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


June 9, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT UPHOLDS DEVASTATING ABORTION RESTRICTIONS IN TEXAS

Despite the fact that abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed in the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today ruled that medically unnecessary restrictions that could severely restrict Texas women’s access to safe, legal abortion are constitutional.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


June 9, 2015

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: JOINS GOVERNOR ABBOTT FOR SIGNING OF BORDER SECURITY BILL

State Senator Donna Campbell, Chair of the Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee, which oversees the Border Security Subcommittee, joined Governor Abbott at today's signing ceremony for House Bill 11 and other border security related legislation.

From Senator Donna Campbell


June 9, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON HB 2 RULING

Governor Greg Abbott released a statement following the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ unanimous ruling that the State of Texas may require all but one abortion clinic to meet HB 2’s requirements.

From Office of the Governor


June 9, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK STATEMENT ON ABORTION RULING

"As a senator, I was a co-author of the legislation comprised of three bills, (one by Senator's Glenn Hegar, Dan Patrick and Bob Deuell). I was always confident the federal courts would stand behind this legislation protecting life.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


June 9, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: TEXAS SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS PRO-LIFE LAW IN FEDERAL COURT

Attorney General Ken Paxton today claimed victory for life and women’s health in Texas after a federal court upheld House Bill 2, passed in the second special session of the 83rd Legislature. He issued the following statement:

From Office of the Attorney General


June 9, 2015

TOM OLIVERSON CAMPAIGN: DR. TOM OLIVERSON ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Dr. Tom Oliverson, a successful anesthesiologist, today officially announced his campaign for State Representative, District 130. Representative Allen Fletcher, who has represented the district since 2009, has decided not to seek reelection.

From Tom Oliverson Campaign


June 9, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS COMPREHENSIVE BORDER SECURITY LEGISLATION

Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a signing ceremony at the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Regional Headquarters in Houston, TX, where he promoted his border security initiative – one of the Governor’s emergency legislative items.

From Office of the Governor


June 9, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: DAVID PORTER ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION

Commissioner David Porter was unanimously elected Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission today at the Commission’s open meeting.

From Texas Railroad Commission


June 9, 2015

KEVIN ROBERTS CAMPAIGN: ROBERTS ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Kevin Roberts, successful businessman and longtime Republican Party activist, has officially announced his campaign for State Representative, District 126. Representative Patricia Harless, who currently represents the district, has decided not to run for re-election.

From Kevin Roberts Campaign


June 9, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN WRAY: GOV. ABBOTT SIGNS BILL BY REP. WRAY & SEN. BIRDWELL TO ESYABLISH TSTC-NORTH TX

Yesterday, Rep. Wray and Sen. Birdwell joined Governor Greg Abbott as he signed HB 1051 into law, establishing the fifth campus of the Texas State Technical College System (TSTC) in Red Oak, the TSTC-North Texas Campus.

From Representative John Wray


June 9, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: PITTS BRING $500,000 TO THE LOBBY

Four 2013 lawmakers collected up to $675,000 to lobby their old colleagues this session. Half of that money went to ex-Appropriations Chair Jim Pitts, whose clients include a strip-club trade group.

From Texans for Public Justice


June 8, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: PORTER: OPEC DECISION UNDERMINES TEXAS ECONOMY

Commissioner David Porter sent a letter to the Texas congressional delegation today in response to the oil output levels established by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at its summit in Vienna last week.

From Texas Railroad Commission


June 8, 2015

BRENT GRAVES CAMPAIGN: GRAVES ENDORSED BY ALL 13 ERATH COUNTY GOP PRECINCT CHAIRS

Wednesday, Brent Graves announced the endorsement of all 13 seated Republican precinct chairmen in Erath County. “Our campaign is humbled and take it is a great honor to receive 100% of Erath county GOP chairs endorsements”, commented Graves.

From Brent Graves Campaign


June 8, 2015

TEXAS ELEMENTARY PRINCIPALS & SUPERVISORS ASSOCIATION: TEXAS REPRESENTATIVE TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

The Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) will recognize Representative Jimmie Don Aycock as the association’s 2015 Sandi Borden Tribute to Texas Children award recipient at approximately 10:15 am Thursday, June 11, at the Austin Renaissance Hotel.

From Texas Elementary Principals & Supervisors Association


June 8, 2015

TEXAS WOMEN'S HEALTHCARE COALITION: FIVE WOMEN'S HEALTH HEROES OF THE 84TH LEGISLATURE

On June 1, 2015, the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition officially designated five state legislators as Women’s Health Heroes of the 84th Legislature.

From Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition


June 8, 2015

MATT RINALDI CAMPAIGN: RESPONDS TO RATLIFF CHALLENGE

Monday, Matt Rinaldi responded to the announcement of Bennett Ratliff’s intention to challenge him in the upcoming Republican Primary in 2016. “After having one of the most conservative voting records in the Texas legislature this past session, we expected Democrat opposition this next election cycle.

From Matt Rinaldi Campaign


June 8, 2015

BENNETT RATLIFF CAMPAIGN: RATLIFF ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR STATE REP.

Former Texas State Representative Bennett Ratliff today announced his campaign for the Texas Legislature in Texas House District 115, which covers parts of Irving, Coppell, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Grapevine, Addison and Dallas.

From Bennett Ratliff Campaign


June 8, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN BABIN: APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF HOUSE SPACE SUBCOMMITTEE

U.S. Representative Brian Babin (TX-36) announced today that he has been appointed by Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (TX-21) to serve as the Chairman of the Space Subcommittee.

From Representative Brian Babin


June 8, 2015

TEXAS WINDSTORM INSURANCE ASSOCIATION: ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO A 100-YEAR STORM SEASON - HIGHEST LEVEL OF FUNDING SINCE 2009

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) is pleased to announce that it has secured its highest level of funding since 2009 with $4.88 billion in total funds available to pay claims in 2015.

From Texas Windstorm Insurance Association


June 8, 2015

TEXAS WINDSTORM INSURANCE ASSOCIATION: ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO A 100-YEAR STORM SEASON - HIGHEST LEVEL OF FUNDING SINCE 2009

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) is pleased to announce that it has secured its highest level of funding since 2009 with $4.88 billion in total funds available to pay claims in 2015.

From Texas Windstorm Insurance Association


June 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: FEMA AMENDS DISASTER DISTRIBUTION

On Friday evening, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) amended the notice of a major disaster declaration for the state of Texas which they issued on May 29th, 2015.

From Office of the Governor


June 5, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MYRA CROWNOVER: SECURES FUNDING FOR SEISMIC MONITORING

As part of the final state budget approved by the 84th Legislature, House Bill 2 allocates $4.5 million dollars requested by Representative Crownover to increase the state’s capability to monitor seismic activity.

From Representative Myra Crownover


June 5, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: REFLECTS ON ADJOUNRNMENT SINE DIE IN TEXAS HOUSE

On June 1st, t he Texas House of Representatives adjourned Sine Die for the 84th Legislative Session.

From Representative Helen Giddings


June 5, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MYRA CROWNOVER: APPLAUDS CHRIS TRAYLOR AS NEW HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES EXECUTIVE COMMISSIONER

Representative Myra Crownover (R-Denton) applauds the naming of Chris Traylor as the new Executive Commissioner of the Health & Human Services Commission. Governor Abbott named Traylor following the announcement of Commissioner Janek’s resignation, effective July 1, 2015.

From Representative Myra Crownover


June 5, 2015

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES: STATEMENT BY REP. RICHARD PENA RAYMOND ON APPOINTMENT OF CHRIS TRAYLOR, EXECUTIVE COMMISSIONER HHSC

“I believe that Governor Gregg Abbott has made an excellent choice in naming Chris Traylor Executive Commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission. Governor Abbott should be commended for making this decision.”

From House Committee on Human Services


June 5, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS STATE AGENCY CONTRACTING REFORM LEGISLATION

Governor Greg Abbott has signed legislation implementing key reforms to enhance reporting and increase transparency and accountability in state contracting.

From Office of the Governor


June 5, 2015

SENATOR JOHN WHITMIRE: APPLAUDS APPOINTMENT OF CHRIS TRAYLOR AS HHSC EXECUTIVE COMMISSIONER

Senator John Whitmire, D-Houston, issued the following statement on Governor Abbott's appointment of Chris Taylor as the new Health and Human Services Commissioner:

From Senator John Whitmire


June 5, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: APPLAUDS GOVERNOR'S HHSC APPOINTMENT

Today Governor Greg Abbott announced his intention to appoint Chris Traylor as Executive Director of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission after Dr. Kyle Janek resigns next month.

From Representative Garnet Coleman


June 5, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP AT HHSC

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas Health and Human Services Commission Executive Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janek has expressed his intention to resign, effective July 1, 2015.

From Office of the Governor


June 5, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: CHILD SUPPORT DIVISION CHIEF DEPARTING FOR KEY LEADERSHIP ROLE AT HHSC

The Texas Attorney General’s Office today announced Deputy for Child Support Charles Smith will be stepping down to accept a position as Deputy Executive Commissioner for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, effective July 1.

From Office of the Attorney General


June 5, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS LEGISLATION CHAMPIONING TEXAS VETERANS

Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a signing ceremony at VFW Post 76 in San Antonio, the oldest VFW hall in Texas, highlighting multiple bills to implement his veterans' initiative.

From Office of the Governor


June 5, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: CHIN COMMUNITY MINISTRY RECOGNIZED IN THE TEXAS HOUSE

Denton County is a long way from Southeast Asia, and very likely none of its new residents ever contemplated life in North Texas.

From Representative Ron Simmons


June 5, 2015

SENATOR JOSE MENENDEZ: JOINS GOVERNOR ABBOTT TO SIGN LEGISLATION THAT PUTS OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES BACK TO WORK

State Senator José Menéndez coauthored Senate Bill 807, which waives certain fees associated with occupational licenses for Veterans, military spouses, or active duty service members. Today, he joins Governor Abbott for the signing of this important legislation at the VFW Post 76 in San Antonio.

From Senator Jose Menendez


June 5, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: WEB VIDEO: ABBOTT ELEVATES HIGHER EDUCATION IN TEXAS

The Office of the Governor today released a web video following Governor Greg Abbott signing his emergency higher education initiatives into law yesterday.

From Office of the Governor


June 5, 2015

TDP: IT'S TIME TO RESTORE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

Today, former Secretary of State and Senator Hillary Clinton delivered a speech at Texas Southern University where she denounced Republican efforts to make it harder for Americans to vote and called for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act.

From Texas Democratic Party


June 4, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE KENNETH SHEETS: STATEMENT ON HB 1670

Last week, the Texas Legislature sent House Bill 1670 by State Representative Kenneth Sheets to Governor Greg Abbott's desk to be signed into law. H.B. 1670 provides Texans the right to retain ownership of their placentas and facilitates release by licensed hospitals and birthing centers.

From Representative Kenneth Sheets


June 4, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: CRIMINAL PROBLE ON AG PAXTON EXPANDS

The Houston Chronicle reports today that the criminal probe into Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's illegal activities has been expanded:

From Lone Star Project


June 4, 2015

THE STATE LEGISLATIVE LEADERS FOUNDATION: REP. JOHN WRAY SELECTED FOR LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Texas State Representative John Wray (R-Waxahachie) was selected to participate in the 2015 Emerging Leaders Program, sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

From The State Legislative Leaders Foundation


June 4, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: VIDEO: REPUBLICAN ASSAULT ON VOTING RIGHTS IN TEXAS

Today, as Hillary Clinton addresses the important issue of voting rights in Texas, it is important to remember that on three separate occasions in the last four years federal judges have ruled that Texas Republican politicians have intentionally discriminated against Hispanic and African American citizens in our state.

From Lone Star Project


June 4, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: ABBOTT JUST "PLAIN WRONG" ON DARK MONEY

Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent pronouncement that it’s unconstitutional to mandate disclosures of dark money1 is just plain wrong, say reform groups Public Citizen and Texans for Public Justice.

From Texans for Public Justice


June 4, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN CRADDICK ON EPA FINDINGS: "NO EVIDENCE OF IMPACT ON DRINKING WATER FROM HYDRAULIC FRACTURING"

Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick today reinforced findings released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in their draft assessment on Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources.

From Texas Railroad Commission


June 4, 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: COMMITS TO BOOSTING INVESTMENT IN GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH

Chancellor William H. McRaven joined Gov. Greg Abbott and chancellors from around the state today at the University of Texas at Austin to celebrate the signing of new legislation that will create the Governor’s University Research Initiative – a mission to attract world-class researchers, including Nobel laureates, to Texas public universities. The Texas Legislature has approved $40 million in funding for the initiative.

From The University of Texas System


June 4, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS LEGISLATION TO ELEVATE TEXAS' HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM

Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 632 (Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay; Button, R-Richardson) to implement the Governor's University Research Initiative, an emergency item declared by the Governor that will attract nationally-recognized researchers and Nobel Laureates to Texas institutions of higher education.

From Office of the Governor


June 4, 2015

TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: SINE DIE LEAVES UNMET NEED FOR ELDERCARE

After a rigorous effort to educate lawmakers this legislative session on the challenges Texas nursing home providers face in hiring staff and improving quality measures when the state’s Medicaid rate hovers near the bottom nationally, those in charge of caring for the elderly watched adequate funding for low-income seniors never make it to first base in budget talks.

From Texas Health Care Association


June 4, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: TEXAS GREAT DESPITE RICK PERRY NOT BECAUSE OF HIM

"Texas is the greatest state in our nation, but that is despite Rick Perry and not because of him. "In fact, perhaps the best evidence proving the resiliency of Texans is that we have withstood a failed and self-serving governor like Rick Perry.

From Lone Star Project


June 4, 2015

TDP: FIVE QUESTIONS FOR REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR RICK PERRY

Today, former Texas Governor Rick Perry is set to announce his candidacy for the 2016 presidential nominee of the Republican Party. As Governor, Rick Perry created two different states in Texas – one for his wealthy and well-connected friends, and another for working and middle class Texans, who have to live with the consequences of his failed policies. He would do the same thing for the country if elected president.

From Texas Democratic Party


June 3, 2015

DAWN BUCKINGHAM CAMPAIGN: DR. DAWN BUCKINGHAM ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR STATE SENATE DISTRICT 24

Dr. Dawn Buckingham, a wife, mother, small businesswoman and successful eye physician today announced that she is running for the newly vacated State Senate seat in district 24.

From Dawn Buckingham Campaign


June 3, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: WEB VIDEO: GOVERNOR ABBOTT PAVES WAY FOR HISTORIC TRANSPORTATION FUNDING INCREASE

The Office of Governor Greg Abbott today released a web video highlighting Governor Abbott’s transportation funding initiative, which he named as an emergency item this legislative session, and the resulting legislation enacting his plan to build more roads without raising fees, taxes, tolls or debt.

From Office of the Governor


June 3, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: GOVERNOR ABBOTT SIGNS MAJOR TRANSPORTATION BILL

Governor Greg Abbott signed major transportation legislation, House Bill 20, into law on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. HB 20, introduced by State Representative Ron Simmons, Chairman for the House Transportation Subcommittee on Long-term Infrastructure Planning, enhances the accountability, objectivity, and transparency of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

From Representative Ron Simmons


June 2, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS BILLS TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION IN TEXAS

Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a ceremonial bill signing on the heliport at the Dallas Convention Center where he discussed the investments in transportation infrastructure made this legislative session. The Governor previously declared transportation an emergency initiative in his State of the State address.

From Office of the Governor


June 2, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: CHAIRMAN CRADDICK APPLAUDS LEGISLATURE FOR FUNDING RAILROAD COMMISSION

Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick today thanked the 84th Texas Legislature for approving funding that will strengthen the agency’s regulatory functions in the state’s budget bills Sunday. “I am grateful the Legislature recognizes the importance of ensuring the fees the Commission collects from the oil and gas industry are in turn appropriated back to the agency so that we are able to effectively regulate the state’s biggest economic contributor.

From Texas Railroad Commission


June 2, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: GOVERNOR SIGNS SENATOR GARCIA'S LEGISLATION TO HELP IDENTIFY REMAINS

Today, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 1485 authored by Senator Sylvia Garcia. The bill makes death records of unidentified persons public information on the one-year anniversary of the date of death. Currently, all death records are confidential for 25 years.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


June 2, 2015

HILL COUNTRY ALLIANCE: TEXAS WATER SYMPOSIUM TO FEATURE REGIONAL WATER EXPERTS

The 8th Annual Texas Water Symposium series continues this June in Fredericksburg with a personal conversation between Hill Country water experts about the State’s water planning process and the need for public participation. As Central Texas grapples with population growth, increasing demands on our water supply and cycles of intense drought and floods, it is essential that the public is aware of the water infrastructure planning process that is happening now.

From Hill Country Alliance


June 2, 2015

DAVID SIMPSON CAMPAIGN: SIMPSON LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN WEBSITE

Tuesday, Representative David Simpson launched a rebranded website which includes a countdown clock to a big announcement on June 22. Representative Simpson launched the site saying, “Taking the cause of everyday citizens to the floor of the Texas House, I have sought to govern with the principles of liberty and limited government.

From David Simpson Campaign


June 2, 2015

TEXAS WINS: THE 'TEXAS MIRACLE' JUMPSTARTS MOMENTUM FOR FULL LGBT EQUALITY IN LONE STAR STATE

number of bills harmful to gay and transgender Texans were introduced in the 84th Legislature and all were defeated, due in large part to the values of a majority of Texans and leadership of Texas businesses. More than 250 companies, including 16 Fortune 500s, stepped up early in favor of welcoming communities for LGBT Texans.

From Texas Wins


June 2, 2015

TEXAS WINDSTORM INSURANCE ASSOCIATION: PUBLISHES ITS 2014 ANNUAL REPORT SHOWCASING THE ASSOCIATION'S SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS

Yesterday, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) released its Annual Report which illustrates the measures and improvements the Board of Directors and management have taken to meet the objectives set forth in Section 2210.107(a) of the Texas Insurance Code.

From Texas Windstorm Insurance Association


June 2, 2015

TEXANS UNITING FOR REFORM & FREEDOM: TXDOT TRACKS DRIVERS TO MINE DATA WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT

At a recent stakeholders meeting on the I-35 bypass study, it came to light that a consultant hired by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) used a Bluetooth reader to collect the trip origination and destination data involuntarily from innocent travelers.

From Texans Uniting for Reform & Freedom